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Hillsborough Community College Data & Information Overview

423 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
12% Student Loan Default Rate
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How Well Is Hillsborough Community College Ranked?

#765 Best Colleges in Nation
#19 Best Colleges in FL
Allied Health Professions Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Hillsborough Community College was awarded 423 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health professions.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked HCC as #765 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 77 colleges in Florida, HCC is ranked at #19.

See all of the rankings for Hillsborough Community College.

Is It Hard to Get Into HCC?

Open Admissions Policy

Acceptance Rate

Returning adults and other non-traditional students may appreciate the fact that Hillsborough Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that you'll only have to submit basic materials, which may include proof that you completed high school or an equivalent program.

Learn more about Hillsborough Community College admissions.

Hillsborough Community College Faculty

22 to 1 Student to Faculty
35% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Hillsborough Community College is 22 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Hillsborough Community College is 35%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  35 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Hillsborough Community College

62% Freshmen Retention

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate is a sign of how many full-time students like a college or university well enough to come back for their sophomore year. At Hillsborough Community College this rate is 62%, which is a bit lower than the national average of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  62 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Hillsborough Community College.

Hillsborough Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,903 Full-Time Undergraduates
59.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
54.1% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 19,532 undergraduates at HCC with 8,903 being full-time and 10,629 being part-time.

How Much Does Hillsborough Community College Cost?

$2,949 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
$20,236 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of HCC is $2,949. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of HCC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At HCC, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $5,059 a year. That adds up to $20,236 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HCC is 11.8%. This is higher than the national default rate of 10.1% so you should proceed with caution when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do HCC Graduates Make?

$37,367 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from HCC make about $37,367 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. Unfortunately, this is 12% less that the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year. However, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Hillsborough Community College make the most money.

Location of Hillsborough Community College

Florida State
8,903 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Hillsborough Community College is a public institution situated in Tampa, Florida. The location of HCC is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for HCC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 39 Columbia Drive, Tampa, FL 33606-3584
Phone: 813-253-7000

Hillsborough Community College Majors

31 Majors With Completions
4,125 Undergraduate Degrees
Learn more about the majors offered at Hillsborough Community College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at HCC

78% Take At Least One Class Online
50% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 14,985 students took at least one online class at Hillsborough Community College. This is a decrease from the 17,264 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 14,985 9,557
2019-2020 17,264 13,731
2018-2019 10,339 4,416
2017-2018 9,887 4,306
2016-2017 10,438 4,537

Learn more about online learning at Hillsborough Community College.

Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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